Professional Certificate in Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism

In February 2016, the UN Secretary-General and General Assembly adopted a resolution that will 'give further consideration to the Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism', and was formally accepted as part of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Review in July 2016. Recent developments in security policy have identified the importance not only of preventing terrorism, but of simultaneously countering violent extremism and the radicalisation that can ultimately lead to terrorist acts. This course will provide those working in security, both at a national and international level, with strategic initiatives to counter terrorism and a comprehensive analysis of the latest practices in countering violent extremism. Interactive learning will increase participants’ understanding of the key issues in countering terrorism and violent extremism, such as terrorist recruitment methods, terrorist financing and the importance of intelligence. By examining in-depth case studies and evaluating essential tools to improve security, participants will leave equipped to build a strategic action plan to tackle the most pressing security priorities.

Course syllabus:

  1. Terrorist ideologies, aims, beliefs and motivations

  2. Countering terrorist recruitment methods

  3. Intelligence-led security activity

  4. Re-thinking counter-terrorism

  5. Understanding the challenges in countering extremism

  6. Strategies for countering violent extremism

  7. Empowering local partners to prevent violent extremism

  8. The role of social media